I was back on roller skates again for the first time in too many years, thanks to an invitation to P.O.W.E.R Organization’s fundraising event hosted by Latoniya Jones. Her organization helps children aged 7-16 increase their confidence, competency, and proficiency with math.
In my head, I was movin’ and groovin’ to the sounds of the seventies, but the reality was much different. They didn’t play Disco Duck or Sometimes When We Touch, and I found my body was unable move the way it used to. Sure, my center of gravity has shifted
slightly; roller skating never provided a workout sweat before either.
Apparently, my body did not receive the lesson on the power of positive thinking.
With each lap, skating memories returned…
- My first rink in Toronto and the reason I began to ride the city bus alone in 5th grade.
- Buying my own pair of roller skates.
- Every weekend of my early teenage years, and several “all nighters”, dancing and skating until sunrise.
- The happiness of having a hand to hold during the couple’s skate.
- The two occasions I’ve hitchhiked.
Towards the end of today’s event, I was beginning to get a little doo-wop back in my stride and I even participated in the backwards skate. If there was a local roller rink, I’d be planning a weekly visit and be dancing on 8 wheels again in no time.
Instead, I’ll look forward to the next P.O.W.E.R Organization’s skating fundraiser!